ASUS Transformer Pad TF103C – EDU Edition
With its detachable keyboard, the ASUS Transformer Pad TF103C is a unique animal among Android tablets. Throw in that it is one of only four tablets that are eligible for Google Play for Education and you can see why, when one arrived at our offices, we at Promevo were curious to see how it would perform.
Google Play for Education Compatibility
The ASUS Transformer Pad TF103C, as of now, is one of only four tablets that are compatible with Google Play for Education. The other three tablets you can use Google Play for Education with are the Nexus 7, the Samsung Galaxy Tablet Education GT4, and the HP Slate 8 Pro. Google Play for Education enabled tablets allow administrators and teachers to easily deploy and manage apps, books, and videos for individuals, classrooms, or even entire districts.
Google Play for Education Licenses give teachers access to approved tools and content that help them meet the needs of their students. The apps on the Google Play for Education store are vetted and recommended by teachers, so teachers and administrators will have no problem finding quality educational apps for their intended grade levels and subjects.
What is in the ASUS Transformer Pad TF103C Box?
(1) ASUS Transformer Pad TF103C (1) Keyboard* (1) Standard Android Power Adapter
*Note: The keyboard is optional.
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Case. The matte white plastic backing allows the user enough friction to comfortably hold the tablet without the device slipping, but is smooth enough that the device can be moved across a flat surface easily. This works well for students who may switch from using the device flat on a desk to holding the device in their hands to read. The surrounding bezel is just under an inch in width, so you do not accidentally touch the screen.
Keyboard. The ASUS Transformer Pad TF103C can be purchased alone, but has an available keyboard dock that completely changes the tablet experience. The keyboard dock measures 10.125” × 7.1875” × 0.375”, and the one we tested had white keys with gray letters. The keys have a low profile and measure 0.5625” × 0.5” and they are almost silent when typing. There is not a number pad or backlit keys. However, there are a number of shortcut keys on the keyboard that allow users to stay on the keyboard, so they don’t have to go back and forth between typing and touching the screen as often. The unit also sports a USB 3.0 port which can support USB headphones, USB keyboards, or a USB mouse. This type of port is unique for a tablet. Also unique to this keyboard dock is the multi-touch trackpad. There are few devices in this form factor with a touchpad. This keyboard dock is an excellent companion to the ASUS Transformer Pad because it is easy and convenient to convert from a tablet to a laptop.
Display. The ASUS Transformer Pad has a 10.1” LED backlit, 1280 × 800 IPS HD display. Images are crisp, with vivid colors, so it is a great device for watching high-definition video or for looking at high-definition pictures.
Speakers. The ASUS Transformer Pad TF103C has two speakers (1.5W × 2) located on the back of the tablet. It provides good sound for watching videos, even in a noisy environment. The device also has a standard headphone jack for watching movies or listening to music.
WebGL Aquarium. For the next test we used WebGL’s Aquarium, which measures the frame rate for different amounts of 3D fish that are rendered in the browser. The higher the frame rate the smoother the motion displayed on the screen.
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GFXBench. GFXBench is a 3D graphics benchmark that measures graphics performance, long-term performance stability, render quality, and power consumption with a single, easy-to-use application that is free in the Google Play store. The graphics test measures the pure shader compute performance, alpha blending performance, OpenGL driver’s CPU overhead, texturing performance, as well as ES 2 and ES 3 capabilities.
The ASUS Transformer Pad TF103C performed well in all the GPU tests we run on it. It scored in the top 10 when compared to other devices that have been tested by this app. During the ALU test, this device processed 1,829 frames at 60.9 frames per second(fps), and during the T-Rex test this device processed 1,486 frames at 26.5 fps. Overall this device has shown solid GPU performance, and will be able to handle graphically intensive apps with ease.
AnTuTu X Benchmark. AnTuTu X benchmark measures End User Experience and performance. The aspects it tests include CPU, RAM, 2D/3D graphics, GPU, and I/O performance on Android smartphones or tablets. This app shows you the device information for storage, CPU, display, battery, OS, and network, as well as real time CPU information like CPU load and core performance. The app also includes a stability test and lets you compare your device to others, so you know where your device stands.
The ASUS Transformer Pad TF103C performed exceptionally in the CPU test that we ran on this device. The overall score was a 33,724, which put this device in the top 5 of all the devices tested by this app. The general performance, as well as the game performance, surpassed 99% of the devices that have been tested by this app. Overall this device has displayed excellent CPU performance, and will be able to perform any CPU intensive apps with ease.
Temperature. At the beginning of the test, we took a unit heat reading while the device was idle. The ASUS TF103C measured a temperature of 78˚ F. After 1 hour of the WebGL’s Aquarium test, the temperature had risen to 92˚ F. Over three hours later, at the end of the test, the unit’s heat reading measured 99˚ F.
Battery Life. Battery life is an important factor to consider for tablets. The test we used for battery life was the previously mentioned WebGL’s Aquarium test. We started the evaluation with a fully charged battery, WiFi on, and using 10 fish in the test. It took 3 hours and 1 minute to fully drain the battery.
We evaluated the ASUS Transformer Pad TF103C’s design, performance, and battery life and discovered the Transformer Pad to be a unique and fast 10.1” tablet. It scored an average V8 score of 1,953 when plugged in, and it has premium HD video performance with clear image rendering due to its 1280 × 800 resolution.
The ASUS Transformer Pad TF103C is one of the four Google Play for Education enabled tablets. With its detachable keyboard, this device is ideal for both younger students just learning their way around a keyboard and older students who will be typing reports, notes, and other assignments. Additionally, the 1-year Accidental Damage Protection Coverage gives a peace of mind in case of drops or spills when the students have the devices in their possession. These features plus the numerous apps available in the Google Play for Education Store add up to an enjoyable and dynamic learning experience for both the students and teachers.
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